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Koblenz - March 09, 1945 - March 27, 1945

Operation Lumberjack
Western Front By: Turboheizer - Last update: 03/01/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

There are problems with this scenario: it cannot be set-up using the standard terrain tiles of Memoir '44 and the selected extensions. There are too many terrains of one or more types. Please contact the author.

Historical Background:
The medieval city of Koblenz, founded nearly 2000 years ago by the Roman conquerors, had been the capital of the Prussian Rhine province since 1815. In the first week of March, 1945, troops of the 3rd United States Army under the overall command of General George S. Patton jr. approached the city from several directions.

On March 9, elements of the 4th Armored Division, coming through the Eifel mountains, occupied the suburbs west of the Mosel. As the German defenders had blown up all bridges over the Mosel and the Rhine, Koblenz had fallen apart into three isolated parts divided from each other by the two major rivers. A week later, forces of the 87th Infantry Division crossed the Mosel south of Koblenz and advanced on the city center from the hills of the Hunsrück.

By the early afternoon of March 19, all organized resistance in the ruins had ceased. But it was not before March 27 that troops of the 69th Infantry Division of Courtney Hodges' 1st US Army, having crossed the Rhine to the north of Koblenz, linked up with the forces advancing south from the Remagen bridgehead and captured the suburbs east of the Rhine.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis Player (Germany):
- Take 4 Command cards.

Allied Player (United States):
- Take 6 Command cards.
- You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals.

The south-eastern suburb of Koblenz is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Allied forces.

Special Rules:
The pontoon bridges play like fordable streams.

Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

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